One thing life teaches us is that anything can happen at any time. We like to think that we have control over our lives, but when major, life-altering issues take us by surprise, we realize that control is an illusion. Though we may be able to control what we wear in the morning, we can’t control if, and when, calamity will strike, or when our circumstances will become too big for us. Believers know that there is always one who is in full control. During those times of uncertainty, struggle or impending doom, I encourage you to do what king Jehoshaphat did in second Chronicles chapter 20, which was to keep his eyes on God. It says in verse 12:
“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah was about to be wiped out by an army too large to fight. In that moment, he was reminded that on his own, he had no power or control over the situation. But he did have faith enough to believe in the one who always does. He acknowledged that he had no power to face the army; that left to his own devices, he would die that day. He humbled himself, explaining to God that he didn’t know what to do. But he knew enough to keep his eyes on God. Whenever you find yourself in a bad situation that is too big for you, I encourage you to keep your eyes upon God. Unlike those who don’t believe and are without hope when these things occur, we who do believe have hope; hope in the one who can rescue us, heal us, and save us.
When king Jehoshaphat saw that his situation was hopeless, he did what many of us would do; he cried out to God. But he didn’t stop there. He put his faith in the one who can save him; the one who is truly in control. He admitted that he had no idea what to do in his own strength, but he kept his eyes on God. There is nothing too big for God. Any situation you have faced, are facing or will face, is well within his control. He made this world with all of the laws that govern it, and he can change and alter those laws if he wants. When Jehoshaphat cried out to God, God answered, and delivered him in a miraculous way. If you’re facing something too big for you, God can deliver you too.